From February to April 2017, Hyperdome Shopping Centre in Queensland invited locals to come together and celebrate, learn and explore the traditions of the many Oceanic cultures and communities that live in the local area of Logan, including New Zealand Maori, Polynesian, Indigenous Australian, Samoan, and Hawaiian.
Focusing on the arts, food and cultural activities of each region, the curated program included workshops, events, demonstrations, educational materials, and more.
Centre Manager of Hyperdome, Rob Mansfield, said the program provided a valuable opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate their multiculturalism.
“The My Island Home program was made possible through the generosity and support of many people in the Logan community”
Rob Mansfield, Hyperdome Centre Manager
“Their assistance has been invaluable in delivering this initiative, and importantly, ensuring that all activities have been culturally sensitive and appropriate.”
- Fresh food workshops including mocktail classes & tropical fruit carving
- Drum, Polynesian tattoo artwork & Indigenous art rock painting classes
- Culture Centre with lei making, basket weaving, hula dancing, fire stick twirling, floral headband making & Ti Rakau game
- Live performances including Maori Spectacular, Polynesian hula dancers, Fijian fire dancers, Indigenous Australian storytelling, and a stunning 1.5 hr Luau event featuring traditional music and dances from Oceania